To some people, their website is a product of their passion. To some, it is their bread and butter. But whatever it might be, it causes a lot of heartache and stress if their website is not safe – at all!
So, if your website is an integral part of your life or your business, it is a must for you keep it safe and secure, at all times. But, how should you do that? Below is your 8- step guide:
Keep your website’s web script updated
Just like the oxygen is so important for your survival, so is the webscript for your website’s. So, make it a point to upgrade your web script whenever possible, no matter how small that update is. It is a must if you want to fix bugs in your script and prevent your website from acting all weird later.
Your Virtual Assistance is your saviour
If you are not very comfortable handling technical stuff yourself, fret not. A Virtual Assistant (VA) can help you in managing these technical aspects with relative ease. In fact, a VA is a little angel when it comes to managing your social media, which also includes making sure that your website, is protected from threats- inside or outside.
Passwords are the secret to safety
A password is a brilliant online tool that has the potential to make or break your website security. If your password is strong, it becomes an almost impossible task for any hacker on this planet to hack into your website and control it. But if your password is weak, be rest assured! Your website is a great risk of encountering gate-crashing viruses.
To make sure your password is safe and strong, ensure that it is at least ten characters long. It should also contain numbers, special characters, lower case and upper case letters. Special note: Do not make your name or your phone number your password! Applications such as LastPass and KeePass can help you generate a strong password. Use them!
Don’t forget the email address
Keep your administrative email address (the email address that you use to log in to your website) completely different from any other email address that you have mentioned on your website. Keeping your admin email hidden from the public eye will reduce the risk of spammers spamming you or sending you phishing emails in the guise of your host company’s email.
Table prefixes: Keep changing them to dodge your hackers
If you use a blog or forum script for your website, it is possible to change your table prefix. Doing so will confuse your hackers quite a lot, and they will not be able to lay their hands on your database. Cool, isn’t it?
Passwords to the rescue!
If you keep a password for your database, you can sleep without a single worry at night! Your (strong) password will protect your data, for eternity.
Uninstall the Installation folder
Okay, maybe you cannot uninstall your installation folder, but you can surely delete it. It is not necessary to keep it. Keeping it can help those infamous hackers get in and control and do harm to your database. If you don’t want that to happen, make sure not to leave a trace of anything remotely accessible for them hackers! Delete that folder, now.
Plugins are your knight in a shining armour
Plugins boost the functionality of your website’s script. Use those plugins to your optimum benefit. Install the ones that add an extra layer or security and heave a sigh of relief.
Read, read, read
The best way to keep your website safe is by keeping your tech knowledge sharp at all times. Read tech blogs and implement new ways and methods to make sure that your website is the safest one out there.
To keep it short, make your passwords strong; keep your web script upgraded and your tech knowledge at the edge! We would love to assist you in creating a safe and secure website for your business. Reach out to us; we’re just a phone call away!